COLUMBUS, Ohio — You can’t help but sit and admire the festival of lights in columbus commons this time of year.
It’s a show that never gets old for Jeff LaFever, Ohio State graduate and co-founder of Columbus City Adventures.
“This former was the site of the City Center mall. There were a lot of retail businesses here before that. And some people may remember when it became the Centrum, which was a downtown ice rink,” LaFever said.
LaFever has spent the past four years educating and entertaining visitors from near and far about the history of Ohio’s capital.
The pandemic has slowed its activity a bit, but interest in bus tours has increased this season.
“It’s a family event. We’re hoping to bring mom and dad and the kids and maybe grandma and grandpa to go along so they can enjoy this family thing,” LaFever said.
But for LaFever, who has lived in Ohio’s capital for nearly four decades, working as a tour guide for Columbus City Adventures doesn’t feel like a job at all.
“What really excites me, in addition to the stops we had, which become such great traditions in Columbus, like the display of the Huntington train at the Columbus Metropolitan Library or the Grand Illumination along the Scioto Mile. But we have a new stop this year, which is the Catholic Museum of Art and History,” LaFever said.
Perhaps the best part for LaFever is just watching the faces of visitors as they experience the best that Columbus has to offer not just during the holidays but throughout the year.
“Just meeting people, telling stories and inspiring them with where we live. Or where they’re going to live or maybe even where they want to live. Or even visitors coming to Columbus to understand a little better our city. Because a lot of people don’t really know our city,” LaFever said.
Columbus City Adventures tours last two and a half hours and run on Fridays and Saturdays in December.
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